Anonymous Farm

  (Sterling, Illinois)
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2013 Pork Ready for Processing

 

Ready to take the piggies to the butcher. Keeping a few sows, the boar and the piglets... but there are plenty ready to go. We are using the IOWA processor we used last year, Mattiesens. We were very pleased with both their quality and their cost. We are charging $3 a pound hanging weight and the processing cost is added on depending on your choice of cuts. Sold in half or whole animal only - partner up if you don't have a freezer big enough. Click on cut list  for ideas. 


 
 

Pig taken to butcher, cows looking for customers

We just took a pig to be processed and the steers look like they are in prime condition, just need enough customers. Call Alan if you are interested.
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2012 prices

Our family of 8 live on the farm with a conservation reserve outside our door. Berkshire cross heritage pigs; jersy, holstein, and now highland cattle plus miscellaneous poultry free range on our pastures and enjoy organic exempt corn and other feeds grown on site. What we cannot provide is purchased locally without pesticides or antibiotics whenever possible. Meat is processed locally by state inspected butchers. Local delivery can be arranged or you can pick up at the processor.

Custom cut and processed to customer's specifications. Separate processing charge based on cuts or desired preparation. Price varies based on actual weight and processing order.
Beef (Bulk)
estimates (not counting processing)
Quarter BEEF  200 lbs  $650 plus processing
Typically: T-Bone Steaks, Rib Eye Steaks, Sirloin Steaks, Round Steaks, Chuck Roasts, Shoulder Roasts, Rump Roasts, Sirloin Tips, Stew Meats, Short Ribs, Ground Beef

Pork (Bulk)
1/2  pig     75 lbs     $325 plus processing(+$25donation)= Price / lb is $4.67
whole pig 150 lbs    $645 plus processing(
+$25donation)=  Price / lb is $4.47

*The retail price at local harvest saves compared to Home Grown Cow's 15% Service Fee. - Donation made to Local Harvest.
 

 

 

  

 

 
 

Highland cattle joined us

Need beef or pork? We are shifting the primary product to these guys.   

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what's available on ANONYMOUS FARM?

Thank you for your interest in our farm and in CSAs. Anonymous farm is a true small scale family farm. Freezer meat orders are still being taken for 2011. The CSA shares for eggs, produce and honey are sold for the 2011 season, we have honey left but do not plan to offer CSA shares for 2012. If you cannot find a local farm offerring CSA shares I encourage you to visit local farmers markets for fresh local produce.
 
Meat shares are not done in weekly portions. At processing time animals are sold in freezer camp quantities: 1/4 steer beef, 1/2 pig pork, whole poultry, etc. And like the produce, speciaty meats can be raised to order if requested. Currently the guineas and roosters are for pest control and predator warnings, and ducks are for eggs for the family... but we could increase the flock of these or other animals to allow for purchases if requested. We are considering adding lamb back to our farm if there is a demand.
 
Produce, egg and honey production are limited this year due to family changes and a lack of customer response when planning the garden. Harvest volumes and timing depend on factors such as the weather and wildlife tolls, family health, help and motivation. If you are local and want to pay in labor (and get some productive exercise), you get more choice in what is grown, how it is cared for and how much you get in return for how many hours you can spend contributing to the garden labor.

Hope you and your family eat healthy and grow strong.
-Risha (one of the family of anonymous farmers)
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Goats will be missed.

The goats did an excellent job of weed control. They made it another winter, but there are only so many projects one family farm can tackle at a time. The demand for meat and milk was low and the fencing couldn't keep them out of the pig feed or the garden well enough. When the conservation reserve expires and livestock are allowed... maybe we can find thistle-loving hair sheep.
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Got pork? Got a freezer?

3 pigs went to market, we used Johnson's as Galloway's was on vacation. Alan is still non-weight bearing after his skid loader accident. The beef and 2 more pigs will need to go soon too, so place your orders.

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8 litlle piggies went out one day

Through the corn field to the waterway

Mamma doc said come back come back

but it took a whole week without rain to get them back!

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Piggies are plentiful on our farm... by our measure at least. After taking our winter harvest of pork to the processor, not counting the newest batch of piglets, we again have more children than pigs.

Six children make for a plentiful home (bigger than the homes of either of our nuclear families of origin, but smaller than the country cousins in Ireland).

Mrs Piggie went to freezer camp this winter. We hate to see her go, but at 3 years old, she was getting too big to comfortably fit through the 1st floor side doors in our antique corn crib. We bought her as a piglet, after being weaned by a local vet's husband (our mechanic). She had a good life: fun in the sun, the escape to the corn field accross the creek with her piglets last year and 2 healthy and productive pregnancies... She was the first animal we bred. Paul Muller shared his Berkshire boar, with great results.

...she will make good bacon  and brats now. So it goes on a family farm.

We seem to have room for sales, and are considering seeing if another local CSA that focuses on veggies would like to cooperate. We would hate to split the meat sales to less than custom processing sizes. But it seems that few families are ready for freezerfuls... The problem is that processing for individual meat sale is so much more... if only customers wanted whole animals we could keep our focus on the family farm and not the marketing...

Happy winter! 

 
 

Fall Piggies going to market

Got freezer space? It is time for 4 of our piggies. We do not expose our animals to hormones, antibiotics or other agrichemicals.
Sausage/Brats/Ham/Pork: $2 a pound plus processing.
Call Alan: 815-721-5483.
Happy Fall.
-Risha (& Alan and the kids)
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What's available for 2010?

Thank you for your interest in our farm and in CSAs. Anonymous farm is a true small scale family farm. Freezer meat orders are still being taken for 2010. The CSA shares for eggs, produce and honey are sold for the 2010 season. If you cannot find a local farm offerring CSA shares I encourage you to visit local farmers markets for fresh local produce.
 
Meat shares are not done in weekly portions. At processing time animals are sold in freezer camp quantities: 1/4 steer beef late spring, 1/2 pork in fall, 1/4 chevon (goat) in fall or spring, whole poultry (chicken, turkey, duck or goose), etc. And like the produce, speciaty meats can be raised to order if requested. Currently the guineas are for pest control and predator warnings... but we could increase the flock of these or other animals to allow for purchases if requested. We are considering adding lamb back to our farm if there is a demand.
 
Produce, egg and honey production are limited this year due to family changes and a lack of customer response when planning the garden. The produce section of the CSA is flexable. Standards include tomatoes, sweet corn, asparigus, strwberries, mulberries, apples and those vegitables requested by customers and family. "Weekly" harvest volumes and timing depend on factors such as the weather and wildlife tolls. 2011 CSA share costs are TBA. If you are local and want to pay in labor (and get some productive exercise), you get more choice in what is grown, how it is cared for and how much you get in return for how many hours you can spend contributing to the garden labor. The 2010 shares are sold out for the garden that will need family labor on the farm.

Hope you and your family eat healthy and grow strong.
-Risha (one of the family of anonymous farmers)
 
 

piglet sausage available soon

Four of our eight little piggies were taken to the processor this week. Hana and her friend Skylar are saying goodbye along with our reverse herd dog Aggie. When the piglets escaped last month Aggie wasn't the best herding dog, she kept scattering them when we wanted her to round them up. So Alan sent her to them and had her lay down, then when he called for her the piggies followed her home.

We are processing these little piggies in the fall to maximize the flavor. being young, they should be tender. Being fall, they have recently enjoyed the harvest leavings and the fresh pasture and forage of the farm. Winters are cold and stored feeds may not leave meat tasting as fresh as when harvested at the peak of the season. Soon we'll be able to test that concept. 

Skylar's daddy shared some wonderful fresh venison with us that he harvested with an arrow and processed himself. Thanks to Joe! Not us, we'll leave the processing to the professionals and enjoy giving them a good life while the domesticated livestock share our farm with us. We like to invite Joe to visit when the wildlife are plentiful.

The week before Thanksgiving and the turkeys are all gone. Since we sold out early (with the help of Aggie thinning out our pastured turkeys we think), Paul Muller will be trading us pork for turkey this year so we won't have to go without. Thanks to Paul!

We will be taking orders for 2010 if anyone has any special requests for custom animals or produce. We have had one request recently for a large order of chickens for shipping that we are considering... but we prefer selling locally to people who know the care that goes into our farm. 

 
 

What is the CSA?

We received an email asking about our CSA... this was the response:

Anonymous Farm is a small family farm. We offer shares of pasture raised meat animals or garden produce grown to order.  This is also our first year producing honey.  Customers have input on seeds ordered, and weather and wild-life may limit availability by harvest time.  Work share for local customers is also an option where volunteer time on a regular basis can be exchanged for goods. Natural pest management is employed and chemicals are avoided. The health of our ecosystem and family are our top priority.

Pork, beef and other custom shares are available and butchered to order when ready by local licensed processors.  Meat is sold by the half or quarter animal for freezer use and transported to the processor where the processing fees are added and the customer picks-up the packaged meats. When whole animals are shared, often one customer picks up and distributes the packages.

We do deliver limited goods locally.

 
 

Small scale: Baby beef bought and bottlefed, Daring ducklings, piglets & more...

The farm is diversifying and evolving. Got freezer beef? We sold out our pastured chickens in no time at all and will encourage repeat customers and new customers to pre-order so we know how many to raise. 2 young goats were processed and have been tried with great success. We only bought a few Turkeys (less than 10) and have most of them spoken for.

Many of our customers are mourning the loss of our fresh eggs... but there is only one Alan and I made him decide between eggs and beef. So we now have 6 baby beef in our barn being bottlefed as we speak. Next year we think we will buy a dairy cow to act as momma to the baby beef we buy to cut out the middle-man of bottlefeeding... but for now we are out there caring for the calves and baling hay for the winter. I should really say Alan and Trevor are doing these things right now, as I am writing and enjoying a minute of rest.

On the egg front, we let the birds hatch out their young this spring and had several suprises. The first crop of ducklings dissappeared free ranging in less than a week. The one Pekin duck has adopted all the other ducklings.  She was confined for a week in the otherwise vacant hen house with a weed filled run attached. Now she has 16 fuzzy followers ranging around the farm. One buff hen hatched 5 chicks, 2 of which Alan found in a plumbing access in the barn. These were rescued and temporarily housed with a bunny that the boys bought. They escaped and seem to have become someone's dinner. 3 other chicks were following their momma hen last time I saw them. The real suprise came when those silly geese insisted on sitting and we gave up fighting them. We were sure they were all girls and being obstinant in their defence of the sterile eggs. Were we suprised when 3 hatched!

 The sow had piglets 8 of which we expect to survive. They were born on my son's 10th birthday! One seems to have been stepped on in the throws of labor and has pretty bad wounds on it's sides... but may survivie yet.

 

 
 

Eggs, Poultry and Thanksgiving

Ducks, Geese, Guineas and chickens fill the farm with poultry life...  [Read More]
 
 

Ducklings ... or not

We let the ducks brood this year, free range... and have 5 still setting. One hatched 6 ducklings who followed their momma everywhere. The waddled to the waterway and to the corn field, to the garden and to the barn... but the wildlife showed no mercy and in less than 10 days we went from 6 to 3 to 2 to 1 to none. Alan noticed that there seem to be empty egg shells near the nests too and worries that something is stealing the eggs before they can hatch. We will have to reconsider the free range brooding idea and determine a compromise between protecting them and allowing them freedom. What joys and challenges...

Next episode... when will the little piggies come?

 

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Spring Kids

The last of the Spring kids have been born. Sad to say we lost a few. The plants are just starting to grow. Kids born last year: Gertrude is the tan one with the white belt. Splosh has the white face & body with black ears and Shirley has the white wiggle on her face. There are a few others that were born before the herd joined our farm last year, but I'm featuring the ones born here.

Hansel & Gretel are the first two of 2009. Then Christian and Frostie were the only survivors of 3 mothers who all delivered sooner than expected in sub zero temperatures. Mrs. Black is the nanny who is raising Frostie and Christian. Two survived from a set of triplets born in the home basement. Anders and Sun were named to go with Hansel & Christian (Hans-Christian Anderson). So it seems we have added 9 goats (5 girls, 4 boys) since we started... and the second year of the herd on Anonymous Farm has hardly begun.


We tried milking Mrs Black and the other two goats that had delivered at the same time. She had the most milk of the three and took to nursing the little ones on her own. We will let the other females run with the buck to see if late summer brings more kidding.

This year's boys have all been fixed... we don't want any unexpected early kids next winter. Last year's boys will have to be sold or go to the butcher.

The chickens are laying well and the roosters will be going to the butcher soon. We are trying to keep them separated, but we won't be suprised if one of the hens is hiding some fertile eggs somewhere. The ducks have started laying and my dad in Chicago has tried the eggs. It's hard to find eggs for those with allergies to chickens, but ask and you shall recieve.

We are hoping to collaborate with others on this year's garden. Plans are in the works. This is the time to make requests. 


 
 
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